Word on the NBA street is that Chris Duhon has agreed to a $15 million/4 year deal with the Orlando Magic. It seems like a long contract and too much money to me, but everyone’s been getting way too much this free agency period. Plus, by the Magic offering him this much now while the Knicks and other teams are pursuing bigger fish, it ensured they’d get a yes before other teams could get in the mix.
Not an awful move, considering both of their backup point guards (Jason Williams and Anthony Johnson) became free agents, so this solidifies them for a while. Plus the Magic run a ton of pick-and-roll, which Du grew quite proficient in while he was here (all the more impressive that he kept being able to feed David Lee the ball in great spots despite the fact that he couldn’t hit a shot so it’s not like the other teams had to worry about him).
For the Knicks, while many of us liked the idea of perhaps bringing Duhon back as a locker room guy, it’s not so bad that he’s gone because:
1. No temptation for Mike D’Antoni to return him to the starting lineup or give him significant minutes (which he did a couple of times towards the end of last season).
2. It opens up more minutes so that if we get a Luke Ridnour, Ray Felton or (knock on wood) Tony Parker, we can then still give Toney Douglas ample time as backup to allow him to grow and progress.